Like an Island in the Pixelated Sun. Weezer Chiptune Tribute
Do you remember that dream you had, where the sound chips from the beloved games consoles of your youth all got together and formed a Weezer tribute band? Yeah? No? OK. That dream is about to come true whether you had it or not.
So goes the introductory paragraph for the newly released tribute to Weezer from Pterodactyl Squad (ptesquad.com). For most folks growing up with the NES, SNES, gameboy, and other classic consoles of the current chiptune era, another staple in our lives was good old 90’s rock. One such band was the ever amazing and often nerdy Weezer. Maybe some might recall listening to the local radio station while playing some of your favorite games and singing along to Weezer as you worked on Donkey Kong Country or Sonic 2. In this vein, Pterodactyl Squad has organized, and recently released Weezer – The 8 bit Album compilation which as the website states, is an album “created using original videogame hardware running home-brew software, and vary radical in style, from minimal ‘one man and his Game Boy’ compositions to 8-bit inspired full band performances.”.
The album is 14 covers by no less than the finest in chiptune music today.From Greek chiptune duo videogame orchestra’s castlevania inspired rendition of Island In The Sun to French musician seal of quality’s chip pink rendition of Hash Pipe the album puts some interesting twists on many of Weezer’s most familiar and beloved songs. This is not just an album where the songs are simply recreated using 8 bit sounds. Each artist reinterprets their song to their own style. Such tweaking can lead to something quite different from the source material, but of course still familiar, and definitely amazing!
I along with many others have been really looking forward to this tribute album, and very excited to have it released. The album is great even if you aren’t familiar with every Weezer song on the album, or if you don’t recognize the chippy artists paying tribute to them! As with all Pterodactyl Squad releases the album is free to download, so head to ptesquad.com right now and check it out!
Check out the full tracklist below!
1. Island In The Sun (Belmont’s Revisal) – videogame orchestra
2. Holiday – Anamanaguchi
3. El Scorcho – Tugboat
4. The World Has Turned And Left Me Here – Bit Shifter
5. You Won’t Get With Me Tonight – PDF Format
6. Hash Pipe – seal of quality
7. In The Garage – OxygenStar
8. You Gave Your Love To Me Softly – 😦
9. We Are All On Drugs – Rabato
10. Jamie – Unicorn Dream Attack
11. Come To My Pod – Mahamajama
12. Why Bother? – I Fight Dragons
13. Buddy Holly – nordloef
14. I Do – arcadecoma.
And finally, check out the msic video remix of Buuddy Holly by nordloef for a small taste of what is on this amazing album.